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This is an explanation document, written by the Web team.

If you want to learn more about world from the perspective of the web team, read other Web team explainers.

Internet Relay Chat, or IRC, is an online protocol used to chat in near-realtime. IRC predates instant messaging and is particularly popular among F/OSS developers. uses IRC for meetings and community chats, because

  1. it is an open protocol, and
  2. it is widely supported, including popular F/OSS implementations maintains an IRC channel at #freeculture on server Click here if you have an IRC client installed.

How to use

Standalone programs

IRC is widely supported by many programs. Below are a few:

If your ISP attempts to block IRC, there are ways around an IRC block.

Web portal

If you don't want to download anything (or are on a computer where you can't install programs), don't worry! You don't need to!

In addition to the above programs that support IRC, there are various web-based IRC portals, including (recommended!), from which you can access #freeculture. Just solve the CAPTCHA and you're on your way!

This may be particularly useful if you have trouble connecting via other mechanisms or are on a shared computer.

See also

External links